Mary Louise Pratt Edward Said

Topics: Culture, Palestinian people, Cultural assimilation Pages: 3 (1136 words) Published: June 30, 2007
The key tools to maintaining your identity
There are many tools that one can use to maintain their identity, nationally and internationally. A nation or land is where people have established their life, their culture and their heart; sadly it has happened where people have been forced out of their homeland. Great opening sentences. Mary Louise Pratt, Kenji Yoshino and Edward Said all present very good methods of maintaining one's national identity in their essays. In Mary Louise Pratt's essay Arts of the Contact Zone she gives examples of people who are in a contact zone. Contact zones are where people are meeting other cultures, and they have to remember not to lose their own. (this was a run-on so I made it into two senteces)One of the Arts of the contact zone that describes what has happened with the Palestinians is Transculturation. Good. Transculturation is the combining of two different cultures. The Palestinians have been spread all over the world, and have had to take on the ways of their surroundings to fit into the norm while still keeping ways of their culture with them. In Kenji Yoshinos essay Covering the Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, Yoshino is trying to stop people from showing their false selves, also known as covering. "Everyone covers. To cover is to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream." (Yoshino Preface) Edward Said's essay is a tool in itself; the essay's purpose is to show the world what happened to the Palestinians and to stop this from happening again. Great sentence structure and point! "Just as we once were taken from one "habitat" to a new one, we can be moved again". (Said 614) (move the sentence below that starts the next paragraph and make it the last sentence of this paragraph. This seems like your thesis statement, and the main point you are making in your paper)

All these authors provide many different tools to help maintain ones national identity. For Mary Louise Pratt her main tools are what she...
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